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Taxi driver’s clean up their act

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 21, 2007

Errant taxi drivers are cleaning up their act as stiffer penalties for flouting the rules take hold this week. Not a single cabby was found overcharging, touting or refusing to pick up passengers on Monday, the first day when stiffer penalties for offenders kicked in, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday.

This is in sharp contrast to just a week ago, when 36 cabbies were nabbed in enforcement operations carried out by the LTA from Nov 6 to 17 at several spots such as Boat Quay, Chijmes, Clarke Quay, Mustafa Centre, Orchard Towers, Harbour Front, Sentosa and Tanah Merah Ferry terminal.

A third of these were caught flouting rules after Nov 12 – when stiffer penalties under the Vocational Licensing Points System (VLPS) were announced.

Since the beginning of its crackdown on errant cabbies in October, the LTA has nabbed 116 taxi drivers for various offenses. (story)

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